OAK BROOK – A Detroit man was sentenced to eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for attempting to steal merchandise from the C.D. Peacock Jewelry store in the Oak Brook mall this past summer.
Levert Jones, 25, entered a blind plea of guilty to one count of attempted armed robbery (Class 1 Felony) in front of Judge Blanche Hill Fawell. The state had asked for the maximum allowable sentence of 15 years.
Thursday's sentence stems from allegations that on June 23 at about 3:45 p.m., Jones and two accomplices entered the store. Jones then used a small sledgehammer to smash the glass merchandise cases.
An armed, in-store security guard pulled his weapon and ordered Jones to stop what he was doing and kneel on the ground. As the guarded attempted to apply handcuffs, Jones tried to get up, at which time the guard shot him in the abdomen.
Oak Brook police officers then arrived at the scene, and Jones was taken to a local hospital. Before police arrived, Jones’ alleged accomplices left the store on foot and then left the mall in a vehicle the men had previously stolen from the mall parking lot. Both accomplices are still at large.
Jones will be required to serve 50 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.